In this ranking we order the 16 teams that will participate in the Olympics according to the options they have to win the gold medal:
The Saudi national team does not have any renowned footballers, but their national leagues have been working quite well in recent years.
We do not expect them to advance beyond the group stage. They are surely the team with the worst squad.
They have several English lower-level players in their ranks, but they have never made it past the first round. We’ll see if this is the year.
The Hondurans have started the Gold Cup playing at a level well above expectations. At the Olympics they are group stage meat, but it is not the first time that they are surprising.
The Romanian team had a good litter of footballers a decade ago, but now they are unable to qualify for major international tournaments. This opportunity should serve to hit the table.
He is one of the best U23 representatives in all of Africa. Their chances of winning are very remote, but going through the group stage does not seem like an odyssey.
They are not candidates far from it, but we are already talking about a higher echelon. Soccer in Australia is competed at a much higher level than in the rest of the countries that we have mentioned above.
Africa has reigned sportingly in recent years and the figure of Mohamed Salah has managed to get many children to start playing this sport. They will try to pass the group stage.
Not having Son is a tremendous setback for the Koreans who will try to measure up as they did in the last World Cup. It will take a long time to forget that victory over the German team.
Elephants are underdogs for absolutely nothing, but failing to pass beyond the group stage would be a failure. We have seen each other for years that fearsome Ivorian team led by Drogba and the Touré brothers.
It has experienced players spread throughout the European leagues (Takefusa Kubo) and with many others still playing in Japan. Reaching the semifinals could be the goal of the Japanese.
The under-23 team of the Mexican team is led by the speedy Betis winger, Diego Lainez. Along with his star there are other renowned players who will fight for a medal.
The Argentines do not have the best possible team, but they will still fight to reach the final. It is the one with the worst squad of the five candidates for the gold medal.
The Germans, led by Maximilian Arnold and Max Kruse, will try to win a highly valued gold medal. Anything other than reaching a semi-final will be considered a complete failure.
Led by Gignac and Florian Thauvin. She is the first of the three main candidates to win the Olympic gold. The senior team comes from a terrible failure in the Eurocup, we will see if the U23s can fix the setback.
Their goal is to revalidate the gold they got in 2016 from Neymar. Their stars for this tournament are Dani Alves and Richarlison. They have the second best squad in the Games.
With Pedri, Unai Simón, Pau Torres, Mikel Oyarzabal, Eric García and Dani Olmo among their ranks, it seems very difficult for them not to go far in this tournament. The level shown by Pedri in the Eurocup makes him the best footballer of the Olympic Games.